Four developments this week make it clear that we are in the midst of an Iranian terror offensive that began in the fall. First, there were three Iranian-orchestrated attacks on Israeli diplomats in India, Georgia and Thailand. And then came a chilling headline: “Fears Iran Helping Al-Qaida for ‘Spectacular’ Attack.”
* And a likely target of the terrorist attack would be the Olympic Games to be held this summer in London.
* The intelligence sources also told Sky News that Iran’s link to al-Qaida is “most likely to be used in revenge for any military strikes against Iran’s nuclear capacities. Iran wants to be able to say, ‘We can hit you back.’”
But one source warned: “The danger is that Iran and al-Qaida may be keen to show this capacity ahead of any attacks on Iran, as a kind of warning.”
The astonishingly small reaction to that news story shows just how far we’ve come since 9/11. You would have been called overly cynical if, in October 2001, you said that in February 2012, there’d be almost no reaction to a news story about two of our worst enemies working together for a “spectacular” attack on the West, one of which is close to having nuclear weapons. Yet, that sorry state of mind is exactly where we find ourselves.
An intelligence source unequivocally told the British press, “We do know that an operation is under way.” Verifying the source claim is an intelligence memo that discusses Iran’s “improvement of operational and intelligence ties with the al-Qaeda leadership in Pakistan in recent months.” This includes training in explosives. Ayman al-Zawahiri is reportedly working on an operation involving simultaneous terror attacks and British intelligence believes that Europe is the most likely target.
~ And all one has to do is look to 2010 and the missing blomb explosive maker Ibrahim al-Asiri, On the Trail of Explosive Air Mail:
CNN’s Nic Robertson reports on the explosive cargo found on two U.S.-bound flights — printer bombs made of PETN:
Last summer, the U.S. disclosed that there is a “secret deal” between Iran and Al-Qaeda. The Iranian regime gives harbor to top leaders and allows money and personnel to flow through its territory. The U.S. offered $10 million for information leading to Yasin al-Suri, an Al-Qaeda leader in Iran. After that happened, Iran apparently feared for his security and put him on lockdown and had another Al-Qaeda leadr, Muhsin al-Fadhil, take over his duties.
- featured image: Police and Royal Marines take part in a security exercise for the Olympics